I was approached last week by Living Water Int’l to write a little something about my previous trip to Honduras for their newsletter. In addition to this they wanted to feature some of our photos from the trip as well. You can check out the article on Living Water’s site HERE!
Here is my reflection of my first experience in Honduras:
Honduras – My heart is glad, filled, over flowing even. My thoughts and feelings consume every ounce of my being. They penetrate me to my core. Emotions rushing around so vividly through my mind I could hardly contain it. The culmination of such feelings, a single teardrop falling down my cheek. A symbol of God’s grace and redeeming power. How mightily God can move in a weeks time. Breathe taking. I am amazed, speechless. I am left pondering this in my seat as the plane made its
way back to the States…
Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea lies a majestically tropic country named Honduras. A country whose beauty shines as hot as its sun and whose inhabitant’s hearts are as infectious as their smiles. Warm, rich and authentic are the Honduran people…
Our goal was a water well. Free, clean, healthy drinking water for the village of La Halaria. Situated between a school yard servicing several hundred kids and an orange grove supporting several times that, the new water well would become the new backbone and life line of the community. Or so I thought waiting anxiously as the development of the well progressed. As the week went on I could clearly see the communities’ source of hope so openly exposed. So real. So raw.
It was evidenced more and more that this village’s hope was no longer being found completely in the well itself or what it was to produce, but that their hope was being entrusted in something much greater. Something much more secure.
A hope for salvation from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. A desire to be in His presence and a hunger and a thirst to know Him more fully. What beauty. What encouragement. What humility. By the well completion many members of the community knew whole heartily “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst…” John 4:13
Somewhere between the excitement of the well dedication and the accumulation of a thousand plus laughs with the village children, I found myself nearing the end of my stay. How quickly the time had passed. So many memories created and enjoyed in only a weeks time. Love, laughter and fellowship all sincerely expressed and received. The gift of water. Never have I experienced something quite like it. Remarkable really. Something so simple, elementary and basic yet so essential to life. Seeing people receive clean water for the first time, rejoicing with hearts fully convinced that it came from the Lord. You could literally see life being poured into these people as they were splashing and playing with their new endless supply of water.
I have never in my life been apart of such an incredible experience. A community so stricken with poverty yet so saturated with hope. A true blessing to be able to witness with my own eyes indeed, but to personally join in and partake in the experience first hand.. simply divine. Sharing, laughing, loving and serving along one another side by side. Our goal was a water well. What was achieved was far greater. An unbreakable bond between two new friends. A fellow brother and sister. I couldn’t have asked for a more precious gift.
And so I sit here in my seat reflecting about all the newly acquired memories. I am overwhelmed. I am amazed. I am forever changed. – Brandon Kidd